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Mental health and ageing

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Rosalind Willis
Academic year

Module overview

The module will provide a critical assessment of evidence relevant to mental health and ageing, with a concentration on dementia, one of the most common and serious disorders in later life. The module will take an international perspective, providing an understanding of prevalence, treatment and policy on mental illness in later life in both the developed and developing world. Students will gain an understanding of the key challenges and debates in diagnosis, treatment and policy on mental illness in later life; be able to distinguish between 'normal' and 'abnormal' ageing from a psychological and cognitive perspective; and apply theoretical approaches, e.g. from Gerontology and Psychology, to issues affecting older people with mental illnesses.